Are you a hardcore mobile gamer who prefers physical buttons rather than tapping on virtual buttons? There are wireless controllers out there but can be a bit chunky to take around with. Here comes iMpulse, a tiny wireless controller that lets you carry it around with you and it’s small enough to fit your keychain. This Kickstarter project is 4 button NES controller that lets you connect via Bluetooth 2.1 instead of 4.0 to more compatible devices like iPhone, iPad and Android. iMpulse already supports hundreds of games like Temple Run, Pac-Man, Air Attack HD and others. If you’re interested in this device, head on to the Kickstarter page and pledge $30 or more before November 4th 2012. Check out the video demo below:-
The Griffin’s WindowSeat 3 Handsfree is the latest generation for its mounting cradle accessory that will fit most smartphones like iPhone, Samsung, Motorola, Blackberry and HTC. WindowSeat allows you to mount your smartphone on the car’s windshield, window, or dashboard. It comes with a 3-point bracket with rubber cushion grips that will fit most protective cases.
It includes an auxiliary audio cable that connects to your car stereo’s Aux-in jack and also has a built-in microphone for those handsfree phone calls and even talking with Siri or the new S Voice on Samsung Galaxy S III. The WindowSeat 3 Handsfree is available for purchase from the Griffin Store for $39.99.
Griffin initially wowed us with the original Helo TC helicopter and they have now come out with a nice sequel called the Helo TC Assault helicopter. Featuring the same things from the previous copter like the infrared Flight Deck that is attached to your iOS and Android device and controlled via the free Helo TC app. This version however has one nasty addition, the ability to shoot and annoy your peers with six plastic missiles. Are you ready to wage war with this aggressive Apache-inspired helicopter. Check out the video of one boss who unleashed mayhem on his employees below.
The Helo TC Assault helicopter retails for $59.98 and is available at Amazon.
There’s plenty of shooting games around for the iPhone and Android but it’ll be cooler if you could play the games with a toy gun instead. All this could be a reality thanks to a Kickstarter project called the AppTag. The AppTag Laser Blaster is a toy gun that lets you play first person shooter games with your smartphones. The gun lets you clamp your iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices to it where it will run the Augmented Reality apps designed for it. For the targeting, it uses infrared beam and sensor that is safe for use. The AppTag communicates with the iPhone and Android via high frequency sound. That means it does not require WiFi or Bluetooth setup.
The gun itself comes wtih 6 buttons:-
1. A pressure sensitive trigger switch that can mount on any blaster trigger or the included pistol grip.
2. A large reload button.
3. 4 buttons that allow app developers to expand on gameplay, such as walky talky, change weapons, sniper zoom, pickup weapons, medkits, change menu etc.
The makers of the popular iCade iPad cabinet dock has revealed another new device for the iOS and Android called the iCade 8-Bitty. It is a classic retro-styled game controller that is wireless and uses 2 x AAA batteries. The iCade 8-Bitty connects to your iPhone, iPad and Android via Bluetooth and will integrate seamlessly with all existing games with iCade support. In case you’re wondering what type of games you can play with it, you can check out the list at ThinkGeek and it also supports the app Atari’s Greatest Hits which is available at both the App Store and Android Market. There’s a bunch of complaints about the app though, so do check if it’s rectified before buying it.
Ever wish you could make simpler and silent movies like Charlie Chaplin from the early cinema days? Now you can create the similar stop motion effect with the LomoKino package which can mount your iPhone or maybe even your Android device to this movie taking accessory and start shooting 35mm like films. A product of Lomography, this lightweight and compact accessory comprises of the LomoKino Smartphone Holder and LomoKinoscope. To record, just attach your smartphone and the LomoKinoScope to the Smart Phone Viewer. After that, start the movie recording function on your smartphone and turn the LomoKinoScope hand-crank. Voila! Your movie will be recorded with the Lomo effect. If you want it in black and white, you can probably just shoot the movie first and then do the post-processing from your computer. If you’re interested, this cool LomoKino bundle is available for purchase from their website for US$126.46.
This is a stylus pen that will work for both iOS and Android devices. The Kensington Virtuoso is a combo pen that’s very similar to the BoxWave Capacitive iPad Styra. On one side, you’ll get a soft rubber end and the other a traditional ink pen. It’s a slim pen that is about an inch longer than the BoxWave Capacitive iPad Stylus which is really important if you have big hands so that the edge can actually rest on your palm. It’s a high quality pen recommended for those who want to do sketches and drawings on their iPad or Android devices. It’s currently on sale at Amazon for $18.87. Below is a video review of the stylus which I found on Youtube:-
Price: USD$18.87 (Amazon)
Amazon Customer Rating: 4.5/5
Supported: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Motorola Xoom Tablet, Galaxy, Blackberry Playbook